R v AK Citation (2020) Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)
The Court of Appeal quashed convictions for possession with intent to supply heroin and possession of criminal property.— Read more
Stephen is a committed criminal defence and public law practitioner who comes to the law from a background in political activism. He has been described by his clients as “warm and friendly, but formidable”, “razor-sharp”, and “a relentless advocate”, and by his instructing solicitors as having a “breath-taking ability to condense facts and legal arguments in a terse yet persuasive style” and a “huge heart and ability to empathise with the wrongfully convicted and their families”. His approach to his cases is informed by his work with the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, where he helps to co-ordinate the legal observing project.
He practises in all areas of criminal law, specialising in protest law and appellate work. Stephen’s crime practice has seen him defending in a wide range of criminal cases including:
Stephen is currently briefed in a number of long-running cases with the CCRC. He has been instructed in cases in the Crown Court, High Court, and Court of Appeal which have received significant media attention. He has previously been named The Times’ Lawyer of the Week.
Stephen is qualified to conduct litigation work and is able to take instructions directly from clients without a solicitor. His direct access appeals work can be seen at https://ccrcapplications.com/.
Stephen is also a member of the Immigration Team. He regularly appears in the Upper Tribunal, High Court, Court of Appeal on human rights and asylum matters. He is currently instructed in a number of high-profile cases in the High Court and Court of Appeal.
Stephen’s work is mostly publicly funded but he is also prepared to accept privately funded or pro bono work in appropriate cases, including on a direct access basis. He previously helped to run the pro bono legal clinic for EEA nationals at Akwaaba, and has worked at projects including Refugee Legal Support Athens.
Jurisprudence and Legal Theory LLM, Distinction, University College London.
Bar Professional Training Course, City Law School.
Law with French LLB, First Class with distinction in spoken French, University of Sheffield.
French (working knowledge)
Harmsworth Scholarship, Middle Temple, 2010.
John Grosse Prize in the Common Law of England, University of Sheffield, 2010.
Successful defence of a multi-track civil claim for damages arising out of an alleged assault.— Read more
Judicial review and damages claim in relation to the Home Office’s unlawful detention of 2 Polish rough sleepers.— Read more
Judicial review of the Home Office’s policy of indefinitely detaining and removing European rough sleepers. The policy was quashed.— Read more
Obtained section 4 accommodation for an asylum seeker made street homeless on release from immigration detention.— Read more
Judicial review of a decision to certify the asylum application of a vulnerable gay Pakistani asylum seeker, and his unlawful detention.— Read more
JS had been excluded from the Refugee Convention under Article 1F. He had succeeded in appealing this exclusion at every level of the court system, from the First-tier Tribunal to the Supreme Court.— Read more
Stephen is also currently instructed on a direct access basis in a judicial review of the CCRC’s consideration of alleged juror bias in a murder case.— Read more
Stephen represented Michael Luvaglio in the High Court in his ongoing attempts to overturn his conviction for the One-Armed Bandit Murder.— Read more
Preparation of an application to the Criminal Cases Review Commission for a review of a historic joint enterprise manslaughter conviction.— Read more
Along with Natalie Csengeri of Farringdon Chambers undertook pro bono the case of a social centre providing facilities for activist organisations in Whitechapel.— Read more
Undertook an emergency judicial review under section 17 Children Act 1988 to compel the defendant to accommodate and provide subsistence to a family where there were issues of child endangerment.— Read more
Successfully obtained accommodation for a child and their mother (a Zambrano parent) in London, through a judicial review involving an emergency out of hours injunction.— Read more
Represented two defendants convicted of supplying class A drugs in an application for post-conviction ASBOs, as part of the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Zeus targeting over 30 drug dealers. The ASB— Read more
Member of our crime group, Stephen Knight, is standing for re-election to the Criminal Bar Association's committee.— Read more
On Sunday night, Samim Bigzad walked through the arrivals hall at London Heathrow, dropped his bag, and ran into the arms of his friends. This was no ordinary end to a long flight.— Read more
One Pump Court is delighted to report that Stephen Knight won today's Court of Appeal hearing against Samim Bigzag's removal to Afghanistan. Mr Bigzad will be coming back to the UK tomorrow.— Read more
The British Government's second attempt to deport an Afghan asylum seeker threatened with beheading by the Taliban has failed.— Read more
All defendants in the trial of 10 members of the "Rotherham 12" were today cleared of violent disorder by a jury at Sheffield Crown Court.— Read more
Stephen Knight on The Unintended Consequences of the Leftist Case for Brexit— Read more
Stephen Knight and Mark McDonald have successfully obtained permission to judicially review the decision of the Criminal Cases Review Commission, which refused to refer the case of Ben Geen to the Cou— Read more
This paper critiques the contemporary English law of consent in sexual offences from a libertarian socialist perspective.— Read more
Paper presented at the Lord Mansfield Student Law Society Conference, 29 March 2008— Read more